Complementary and alternative medicine and adherence to care among HIV-positive Latino gay and bisexual men

AIDS Care. 2005 Jul;17(5):601-9. doi: 10.1080/09540120512331314295.


The purpose of this study was to examine the degree to which HIV-positive Latino gay and bisexual men utilized complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and to explore the relationship between CAM use and adherence to treatment. The sample consisted of 152 HIV-positive Latino gay and bisexual men. Eighty percent of participants reported use of some form of CAM. Asian CAM was most commonly used, followed by herbal remedies and Latino CAM. Adherence to Western medical care was also explored, with more than two-thirds of the sample adhering completely to recommendations concerning seeing the doctor, taking medications and following instructions. The relationships between CAM use and Western medical care were examined with logistic regressions. Those who used Latino CAM were less likely to keep doctors' appointments, follow physicians' recommendations and adhere to the prescribed medication regimen in the past three days. Plant-based CAM was also significantly related to non-adherence to Western medicine.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anti-HIV Agents / therapeutic use
  • Bisexuality*
  • Complementary Therapies / statistics & numerical data*
  • HIV Infections / therapy*
  • Hispanic or Latino*
  • Homosexuality, Male*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • New York City
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Patient Compliance*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


  • Anti-HIV Agents